Picture Book Bargains Galore!
At the end of August, Big Bad Wolf Books had their Bangkok sale at Impact Forum Hall 9. After a walk, train and taxi I finally made it and I'm sure glad I did!
Unfortunately the next weekend my phone died, and along with it, all the photos from the sale... But just imagine literally thousands of English books piled onto tables in an enormous Bangkok exhibition centre, of which at least half were picture books! Heaven!
Picture books ranged from 80 baht to 140 baht each (about AU$3.60 - AU$5.60). After joyfully browsing for hours I came away with a trolley load of hard and soft cover picture books, classics and new releases, all at bargain prices, ready to start the school year. Here are just a few I hadn't read before:
By Sally Grindley and Neal Layton
Published by Bloomsbury in 2003, Mucky Duck will continue to be relevant for many years to come as it captures all that excites and motivates young children as they experience their world. The endpapers are vivid and full of snippets of what is to come inside. Mucky Duck is relatable as she is able to get gloriously messy and dirty in many different situations with his friend Oliver. The repetition of, "Oh you Mucky Duck!" allows children to join in with anticipation and reading. This has already become a regular read to my nursery class.
With a darling shouty Arthur of my own in my class this year, as soon as I saw this book I added it to my pile! As we read it this week he sat mesmerised, but not quite sure what to make of it all. "Me in a book?" and "I am shouty too!" where his two comments on reflection :) This is a wonderful tale for all those who have difficulty being 'not shouty', and shows just what can happen in those quiet moments, even if they really are just moments!
By Sally Hopgood and Emma Levey
Animal protagonists are always a draw for young children and See You Later, Alligator has them in droves! How marvellous that the English language has so many ways to say 'goodbye' to all these creatures, with short and effective rhymes. This is a clever book for helping to build vocabulary and explore language in an upbeat and engaging way. Clear, brightly coloured illustrations add to the fun, and of course, the ending is not quite what you might imagine.
By Jane Blatt and Sarah Massini
With all the busyness of the world, some picture books are just lovely and simple and give you the time to stop and concentrate on what is really important. 'Books Always Everywhere' is one such book. Apart from the cleverness of books within books, children are also able to join other children as they enjoy books of many varieties. The illustrations are one key to this book. Again, the simplicity draws you to what is important as young children begin their love of life-long reading. A new favourite of mine, and of my nursery children.